THE COMMISSION on Human Rights (CHR) is keeping its fingers crossed on getting full access to police records on cases that might have involved extra-judicial killings (EJK), including police anti-drug operations, through its work with the Justice department.   

CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann C. de Guia told reporters on Thursday that they are currently helping in the Department of Justice (DoJ) review by providing access to the victims “so that ultimately in the end, we can file charges through the cooperation of the victims.”

The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief has said that they are ready to open all case files to the DoJ.

As for sharing it with CHR, Ms. Guia said the “PNP still has some reservations about sharing the data to us.”

“It would have been more ideal if say, for example, we would have to be granted full access to the report, but at this point, we will welcome any steps right now, any gesture of cooperation, (because) we are optimistic that this is just but the beginning of trigger and deeper engagement (of the CHR) with the DoJ review panel,” she said.   

Ms. De Guia also said that during their meeting with the DoJ on Wednesday, the two parties explored various areas of cooperation, such as how they can “strengthen the education component on human right(s), particularly on prosecution.” — Bianca Angelica D. Añago